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MIDWEST COMPUTER GENEALOGISTS 


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www.mcqenealoqists.orq 

Volume XXIV_August, 2020_Numbers 


THE YEAR IS 2020 

For several years, the “Ancestry Weekly Journal” 
included articles about what was happening in many 
years from the 18* Century to the 1960s, and we have 
frequently used some of these articles in this 
newsletter. American History is very important in our 
family history research. As we study the lives of our 
ancestors, we trace them from the original east coast 
settlements, to the Revolution and the founding of our 
country, and as many of them travel from coast to 
coast to where we find ourselves in 2020. 

2020 is a very important year in our history, and 
August is a very significant month in our past and 
present history. 2020 is the 75* anniversary of the end 
of World War II, and VE Day, VJ Day, and the final 
surrender of the Japanese in August, 1945 and the 
signing of the document of surrender in September 
marked major changes in the life of our country. 
Many of us remember these months and that year, and 
if we do not remember, we need to review these 
events. 

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER 

A1 Morse 

My wife, Dorothy, and I grew up in Bates County, 
Missouri, which borders Kansas. My parents, Albert 
Frank and Mildred Catherine (Janssens) Morse, never 
took the family on a vacation. One reason is that my 
father worked 7 days a week for several years. 
Dorothy's parents, Herbert Edgar and Dorothy 
(McDaniel) Newcomb, never took a vacation either. 
So we never visited other states, except Kansas on 
rare occasions. When Dorothy and I got married on 
August 18,1963, we honeymooned in Eureka Springs, 
Arkansas. 

I taught school in Independence, so I had the summers 


off. I did teach summer school on several occasions, 
but, of course, they did not last all summer long. In 
June of 1964, Dorothy and I drove to California for 
our first vacation trip. We traveled Route 66, passing 
through Oklahoma, Texas. New Mexico, Arizona, and 
California. The road was a 2 lane highway till we got 
near Eos Angeles. 

On the way west, we stopped for a couple of days in 
Flagstaff, Arizona. We went to the Grand Canyon and 
drove through Oak Creek Canyon. We then went to 
Torrance, California where we stayed with my 
mother's brother, Carl and Edna (Woodward) 
Janssens. When Uncle Carl and Aunt Edna and their 
two daughters, Diane and Judy, came to visit the 
family in Missouri, they always stayed at our house in 
Rich Hill, Missouri. So they were happy to have us 
stay with them, and we enjoyed visiting with their 
families. 

We did the usual tourist things. We spent a day at a 
beach and got sunburns. We visited Disneyland and 
Knotfs Berry Farm. We drove through Hollywood. 
We visited my cousin, Oliver Jack Morse, and his 
family. Uncle Carl took us to a California Angels and 
New York Yankees baseball game. Dorothy became 
a fan of the Yankees' first baseman, Joe Pepitone. So 
when we got home, we went to a Kansas City 
Athletics and New York Yankees baseball game. 

As we traveled home, we went to Santa Fe, New 
Mexico and Denver, Colorado. We drove through the 
Rocky Mountain National Park. We finally got back 
to our apartment in Independence, Missouri. We were 
exhausted, but we did really enjoy seeing the scenery, 
the freeway system, and even the smog in Eos 
Angeles. 

In 1978, we made this same trip to California with our 
sons, Brian and Steve. They were 10 and 7 at the time. 
In fact, by staying in motels with swimming pools. 


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Brian learned to swim. Route 66 was now a four lane 
freeway, Interstate 10, except for a section in either 
New Mexico or Arizona. We went to the Grand 
Canyon. We stayed at a motel in Anaheim, California. 
We went to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and the 
beach. We toured Hollywood on a guided bus tour, 
which I really enjoyed because I could look at the 
sights without having to look for traffic while driving. 
The guide pointed out things that were interesting. 
Uncle Carl and Aunt Edna were now living in 
Williams, Arizona. We spent a night with them as we 
were headed back to Missouri. They enjoyed seeing 
our sons. 

In 1983, we went to Florida. The boys were now 15 
and 12 and had their earplugs to their music as we 
traveled. We went through Arkansas, Kentucky, 
Tennessee, and Georgia to get to Florida. We spent 
one night in Cocoa Beach. We visited the Kennedy 
Space Center. In fact, while we were there, a launch 
put Sally Ride into space. We then stayed in 
Kissimmee for 5 nights. We went to Disney World 
and Epcot Center. We had 3 day passes so we could 
take our time each day and not hurry. We did some 
other driving around. We then drove to Panama City, 
Florida, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Memphis, 
Tennessee. We, of course, visited Graceland, the 
home of Elvis Presley. This thrilled Brian. 

In other summers we would go to St. Fouis, Jefferson 
City, Fake of the Ozarks, or even local one day trips 
around Kansas City. We bought a tent and we did a 
lot of camping. We went a couple of summers to 
Branson, Missouri and stayed at Yogi Bear's 
Jellystone Park. We went to Silver Dollar City, saw 
some live music shows, and drove around to see the 
sights. We did purchase a membership to Fake 
Paradise, near Oak Grove, Missouri, about 25 miles 
from our house. Fake Paradise had 4 or 5 small lakes. 
We camped on Sunset Fake several times. We walked 
to another lake that had a nice sand beach for the 
swimming in the lake. We would go out there 2 or 3 
or 4 times a year for the weekend. 

After Brian went to Christian Theological Seminary 
in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dorothy and I traveled there 
a couple of times a year. We enjoyed driving around 
with Brian and seeing the sights. On the way home, 
Dorothy and I would travel around some of the 


smaller towns. Dorothy would always buy a new 
cookbook or two and read recipes to me as we 
traveled. When Brian became the minister at the First 
Christian Church in Earlington, Kentucky, we then 
traveled there a couple of times a year. 

So we got to see much of the country. We know that 
the boys also enjoyed the trips, whether big or small. 
We had many cherished memories from them. 


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has an opportunity to be included in these records. 


U.S. CENSUS AND ELECTIONS 

Marjorie Slavens 

The year 2020 is remembered for many different 
events, as we have seen in the article about 1945 and 
the 100 anniversary of the 19* Amendment in 
previous articles. Most women were able to vote 
following several decades of struggle by the women 
who led the movement, but some were still challenged 
and did not receive the benefit of this amendment 
until many years later. After the end of World War II 
in 1945, there were many changes in our lives. There 
were more jobs and relative prosperity following the 
war than in the preceding decade. 

The U.S. Census is very important for all of us as 
family historians. We trace our ancestors back from 
the latest census in which we can find them decade by 
decade. Although we can find our female ancestors in 
earlier census records, their maiden names are not 
included, and this presents many challenges as we try 
to trace the family lines of these ancestors. Marriage 
records are not always easy to find. In addition, the 
U.S. Census records before 1850 only include the 
names of the heads of house. The immediately 
preceding decades give information about males and 
females and some information about ages. The earliest 
Census records group the genders together, and it is 
difficult to identify those who were not heads of house 
unless we are able to find marriage, church, or will 
records that identify those who are grouped together. 

Census records are very important for other reasons 
than tracing our ancestors. The number of U.S. 
Representatives in each state are determined from the 
previous Census, and some federal funds are 
distributed to the states according to the reported 
populations. 2020 has presented some additional 
challenges for the U.S. Census. Many of us were able 
to register for the Census online, and the spelling and 
writing errors that we have found in some earlier 
Census records should not be present.However, the 
pandemic presents some significant problems for 
those who could not or did not complete their Census 
forms online. We would like to think that everyone 


From 1850 to the beginning of this century, the 
information provided in the Census increased. In 
1850, the names of all people residing in a household 
are given for the first time. The 1880 Census provides 
the birthplace of parents of the people including, 
helping us trace them back to places from which they 
emigrated. In 1900, we are able to see how many 
children a woman had had and how many of them 
were living at that time. 

This is the 60* anniversary of the election of the first 
Catholic President, John F. Kennedy. I cast my first 
vote in that election and have voted in 14 Presidential 
elections since that time. I have voted in two states, 
Missouri and Illinois. 

I have been listed in 9 U.S. Census records, but I have 
not found myself in any of these records yet. We have 
not been able to find my family in the 1940 Census, 
and the 1950 Census will not be published until 2022, 
72 years after this Census was taken. I have lived in 
Oklahoma, two cities in Kansas, five cities in 
Missouri, one city each in Florida, Ohio, and Illinois. 
We have much better records now because of 
technology, but if I had lived 100 years before, I 
would have been extremely difficult for future 
generations to find me. 

In I960, I was a student at Florida State University, 
and the Census taker insisted that I provide my 
Census records there. I told him I was a student, and 
my permanent voting residence was still at my 
parents’ home in Missouri, but he insisted that I had 
to provide my information in Florida. Of course, I 
could not vote in Florida, but I counted for that decade 
in their records. My father was reported in the 1930 
Census by his mother in Oklahoma and by his 
grandmother, with whom he lived then, in Asbury, 
Missouri, also being counted in two states.. 

OFFICERS 

A1 Morse, President 

Byron Gilbreath, Treasurer 

Marjorie Slavens , Newsletter Editor 

Julia Morse, Website Administrator, Digital Librarian 


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